Clayton Kershaw equaled his season high giving up four earned runs Friday night in the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 loss to the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers defense certainly didn’t lend a helping hand to Kershaw while committing two errors which now puts them in a dead heat with the Houston Astros for the most errors in Major League Baseball.
The game began with Padres starter Clayton Richard being removed after just two pitches due to a shoulder injury. Tim Stauffer came out of the pen and got into some immediate trouble by giving up back-to-back singles to Mark Ellis and Yasiel Puig, and then walking Hanley Ramirez to load the bases. Unfortunately, the Dodgers would only score one run on a Juan Uribe groundout.
Chris Denorfia would get that run back in the bottom of the first inning as he launched a Kershaw pitch out over the left field wall to cancel the only Dodgers lead of the game. Kershaw struggled early with command although he only walked one in the game.
The fun started in the third inning for the Dodgers defense with one out when Logan Forsythe singled to left field. Elian Herrera misplayed the ball allowing Forsythe to advance to second. After Denorfia walked, Chase Headley hit a ball down the third base line that Herrera once again botched by taking a bad angle as the ball kicked around the corner.
As Herrera chased the ball Headley strolled into third with a triple. Yes a triple on a groundball past the third base bag. Then Kyle Blanks flared a single to center that fell in front of the diving Skip Schumaker who got a bad jump on it to allow Headley to score.
The Padres would later add to their lead with a sacrifice fly off once closer Brandon League. Of course the runner was only on base because of a League error when he dropped the feed from Adrian Gonzalez at first base.
The Dodgers only offense past the first came when Ramirez doubled in Puig who was 2-for-4 to achieve his 11th multi-hit game in his 17 career games.
Kershaw is now 0-3 in his last six starts and it’s been over a month (May 20th) since he last won a decision. If The Dodgers’ ace fails to get a win in his next start it will be the first time he doesn’t get a win for the whole month since September 2009 as part of a stretch when he went 12 starts in between wins from 7/18/09-4/13/09.
Saturday the Dodgers will send Zack Greinke (3-2, 4.22) to the mound against Edinson Volquez (5-5, 5.84).
WP: Tim Stauffer (1-0)
LP: Clayton Kershaw (5-5)
S: Huston Street (15)
Puig is now 12-for-17 in his first at-bat of the game with his first inning single.